Want a quote about money that will make you think? Read this:
“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”— Joe Biden
Personally, I agree with that message. The places where we spend our money and the things we purchase reflect what we value most. For example, some people spend their money traveling the world to broaden their horizons. Others spend their money on expensive brand-name clothes so they can brag and show off. Some people spend their money on things that will improve their children’s lives and future prospects. Others spend their money on alcohol and illegal drugs. What people spend money on reflect the things they value most in life.
Take note of your spending habits. What do YOU value?
We “vote” with our wallets.
Similar to how we vote for politicians we support (because they support what’s important to us), we do the same thing with our cash. We “vote” and give our cash to products and companies we like, and we avoid those we hate.
While most of us spend according to our personal preferences, we also sometimes spend according to our values. Think of people who support and buy “green” and “eco-friendly” products. People who avoid products that do animal testing and abuse. People who support local businesses (like me) and small entrepreneurs.
We can spend according to our values.
Personally, I have my own set of values which I use to decide on my purchases. I support local products and businesses, I hate the destruction of the West Philippine Sea and its coral reefs, I hate a certain government’s “debt trap” policies, I hate intellectual property theft, historical censorship, and more. That’s why I have a shopping style that support those values.
A lot of people wanted to try this shopping style (before a certain political shift happened), but many found it too hard. Some think literally “EVERYTHING” is made in that country so it’s “impossible”, but I’m here to prove that wrong. There are LOTS of brands and items that are made locally, and there are several brands and items not made in that certain country.
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